Tweet to Bishops: April Fool!

Very funny.  It seems that the US Bishops were April Fooled by Twitter. H/T New Advent

From the USCCB Media Blog post titled Catholic Rules for Twitter:

On Friday, April 1st, the USCCB fell victim to an April Fools-esque joke…in the form of a tweet.

Earlier in the day, @VitaCatholic tweeted a comment that was misinterpreted as being critical of a Catholic organization. The backlash due to the comment led to another tweet from @VitaCatholic requesting some rules for Catholic tweeting, “Can someone give me the link to the Catholic Rules For Twitter? I never read it and apparently missed the rule that joking isn’t allowed.” Another Twitter user, @sullijo, responded with a tongue-in-cheek rule, “Never tweet quotes from the NAB without express permission of @USCCB,” and added the hashtag #CatholicRulesForTwitter.

And a minor Twitter meme was born.

After viewing a few tweets containing inaccurate information about USCCB copyright guidelines (and unaware that they were jokes), @USCCB decided to jump in the “conversation” and correct those we believed to be misinformed by tweeting, “@thomaspringle @VitaCatholic @sullijo Correction: You do not need permission to retweet our content. Retweet away. #CatholicRulesForTwitter.”

Then we took some time to read more tweets with the #CatholicRulesForTwitter hashtag, and soon caught on to the joke. It was time to give credit where credit was dueContinue reading here.

While they were a bit slow to catch on to the joke, the Bishops are good sports. They LOL at Tweets such as:

@sullijo: Do not refer to tweeting bishops as “Your Twexellency.” #CatholicRulesForTwitter

@CatholicDan: Tweets posted on Saturday night count as being written on Sunday. #CatholicRulesForTwitter

Ahh. The brave and funny new world of social media.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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